Football is all about winning. In order to win, you have to score goals. Therefore, a lot of attention goes to the ones who are scoring those goals, mostly the attackers. In most leagues, every year a player of the season-award will be awarded. Since the first award in the Dutch Eredivisie in 1984, only 6 defenders managed to grab the trophy. This is an example that indicates attackers are the most important players. But in order to win, you have to make sure that you do not lose. To make sure not to lose, you have to prevent the opponent from scoring goals. Sounds logical, right? But which players make sure that their teams do not lose? Like we did before in our previous blogs, we investigated the Keuken Kampioen Divisie looking for a hidden gem. In this blog: KKD’s best interceptors. Spoiler: all of them are central defenders.
Seydine N’Diaye – FC Dordrecht
The French/Senegalese defender plays this season for FC Dordrecht on loan from the Turkisch club Göztepe and he is doing that pretty well. Even though FC Dordrecht is currently at the bottom of the table, N’Diaye provides 8,22 interceptions per 90 minutes so far. He is with this number the best interceptor of the KKD.
Victor van den Bogert – FC Den Bosch
After gaining some experience on the highest level at Willem II, Van den Bogert is has been playing almost every game for FC Den Bosch this season so far. The 22-year-old central defender is good for an average of 7,86 interceptions per 90 minutes this season, which brings him to a second-place on this list.
Redouan El Yaakoubi – Excelsior
The Dutch/Moroccan defender provides an average of 7,86 interceptions as well and finishes on a shared second place with Van den Bogert. That way the 25-year-old central defender is impressing during his first season in Rotterdam. El Yaakoubi is not only doing great things on the pitch, but he is doing incredible things off the pitch as well. He set up a foundation, Stichting Durf te Dromen (Dare to Dream), that helps children at school and with their development.
Matteo Waem – MVV Maastricht
The young Belgian central defender is on his second season in Maastricht. After leaving the youth academy of Royal Antwerp, Matteo Waem chose to gain experience at MVV. With an average of 7,74 interceptions per 90 minutes and a place in this list, he appears to be doing that pretty well.
Maxime de Bie – Helmond Sport
De Bie is 20 years old and therefore the youngest player on this list. The central defender is on loan from KV Mechelen and is on now his second season for Helmond Sport. During these two seasons, he managed to become an important player in the defence of Helmond Sport. This translates into an average of 7,57 interceptions per game.